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National Certificate in Engineering – Fabrication

Level 4

UCOL’s National Certificate in Engineering – Fabrication (with strands in Heavy Fabrication and Light Fabrication) is designed for apprentices employed in fabrication engineering.

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Level: 4

Locations: Palmerston North

Duration: Four years, part-time and block courses

Dates:
To be confirmed

Domestic Fees:*
To be confirmedScholarship info

International Fees:*
Not applicable.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

This trade qualification is for people in the fabrication industries. It combines a broad, common foundation of engineering and fabrication skills with more specialised skills and knowledge in the form of strands to suit the nature of the particular trade or enterprise the individual is engaged in.

The core compulsory section of this fabrication course includes standards on first aid, occupational health and safety, measurement, tools, materials and metals, engineering sketching and drawing, trade calculations, welding processes, fitting, assembly, scaffolding, basic fabrication operations, forces and stresses, pressure vessels, pattern development, computer numerical control, and job costing.
  • The Heavy Fabrication strand is intended for fabricators working with heavier gauge plate, sections, and pipes, to produce a wide variety of products including pressure vessels.
  • The Light Fabrication strand is for fabricators working with sheet metals and lighter gauge plate, sections, and pipes to produce a large variety of metal products.
 You must be employed as an apprentice in your chosen trade within industry. Successful completion of this qualification will enable you to complete your apprenticeship.

 Career & Study Outcomes

  • Heavy or light fabrication engineer
  • Production manager
  • Workshop supervisor
  • Product design and developer
  • Business owner
  • Or staircase to further study

 Course Information

Year 1 (Night class)
  • Demonstrate knowledge of workplace health and safety requirements
  • Demonstrate knowledge of safety on engineering worksites
  • Manually produce and interpret engineering sketches under supervision
  • Manually construct plane geometric shapes for engineering
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of engineering materials
  • Demonstrate knowledge of common engineering metals
  • Demonstrate knowledge of trade calculations and units for mechanical engineering trades
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic mechanics for mechanical engineering trades
  • Demonstrate knowledge of fasteners used in mechanical engineering

Year 1 (Workplace training)
  • Assemble mechanical components under supervision
  • Select, use, and care for, engineering hand tools
  • Select, use and maintain portable hand held engineering power tools
  • Select, use, and care for simple measuring devices used in engineering
  • Select, use, and care for engineering dimensional measuring equipment
  • Select, use, and care for engineering marking-out equipment
  • Apply safe working practices on an engineering worksite
  • Provide first aid
  • Provide basic life support

Year 2 (Night class)
  • Manually produce and interpret simple engineering component drawings under supervision
  • Calculate sizes, mass, volumes and quantities for fabrication.
  • Develop fabrication patterns for simple three- dimensional objects.

Year 2 (Block course)
  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge of welding low carbon steel
  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge of welding aluminium and stainless steel
  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge of safe welding procedures under supervision
  • Shift loads in engineering installation, maintenance, and fabrication work
 
Year 2 (Workplace training)
  • Safely shut down and isolate machines and equipment
  • Cut metals using manual thermal process
  • Demonstrate knowledge of metal cutting and gouging processes
  • Erect and dismantle non-notifiable prefabricated 
  • Frame scaffolding up to five metres in height
  • Perform basic fabrication operations under supervision
  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge of intermediate light fabrication trade practice
  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge of intermediate heavy fabrication trade practice

Year 2 (Workplace electives)
Core Elective A
  • Gouge steel using the air carbon arc process
  • Weld steel structures in the downhand positions using the manual metal arc welding process
  • Weld steel in the downhand positions to a general purpose industry standard using the gas metal arc welding process
  • Weld steel structures in the downhand positions using the gas metal arc and flux cored arc welding processes
  • Weld stainless steel plate in the downhand positions using the gas metal arc and flux cored arc welding processes
  • Weld aluminium in the downhand positions using the gas metal arc welding process
  • Weld stainless steel sheet using the gas tungsten arc welding process
  • Weld aluminium in the downhand positions using the gas tungsten arc welding process
  • Join metals using the oxyacetylene welding process
  • Join metals using the torch brazing and soldering processes
  • Join metals using the resistance welding process
  • Weld steel structures using the submerged arc welding process
  • Weld steel in the downhand positions to a general purpose industry standard using the manual metal arc welding process
Year 3 (Night class)
  • Demonstrate knowledge of force and stress in fabrications
  • Demonstrate knowledge of job costing in mechanical engineering
  • Produce simple engineering component drawings using CAD software
  • Develop fabrication patterns for complex three-dimensional objects

Year 3 (Block course)
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic CNC concepts and applications in the fabrication industry
  • Demonstrate knowledge of pressure vessels and pressure piping for fabrication trades
  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge of advanced light fabrication trade practice
  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge of advanced heavy fabrication trade practice

Workplace Training across Years 3 and 4
  • Manufacture jigs for fabrication
  • Assemble and join light fabrication materials
  • Cut light fabrication materials
  • Form and shape light fabrication materials
  • Layout and mark off light fabrication shapes
  • Assemble and join heavy fabrication materials
  • Cut heavy fabrication materials
  • Form and shape heavy fabrication materials
  • Layout and mark off heavy fabrication shapes

Core Elective B
  • Gouge steel using the air carbon arc process
  • Weld steel structures in the downhand positions using the manual metal arc welding process
  • Weld steel in the downhand positions to a general purpose industry standard using the gas metal arc welding process
  • Weld steel structures in the downhand positions using the gas metal arc and flux cored arc welding processes
  • Weld stainless steel plate in the downhand positions using the gas metal arc and flux cored arc welding processes
  • Weld aluminium in the downhand positions using the gas metal arc welding process
  • Weld stainless steel sheet using the gas tungsten arc welding process
  • Weld aluminium in the downhand positions using the gas tungsten arc welding process
  • Join metals using the oxyacetylene welding process
  • Join metals using the torch brazing and soldering processes
  • Join metals using the resistance welding process
  • Weld steel structures using the submerged arc welding process
  • Weld steel in the downhand positions to a general purpose industry standard using the manual metal arc welding process
  • Polish welded stainless steel fabrications
  • Load work for metal surface finishing processing operations
  • Pre-treat work for subsequent metal surface finishing operations
  • Finish work using electroplating solutions in metal surface finishing operations
  • Finish work using wet, dry, and vapour deposition metal surface finishing methods
  • Prepare and produce specialised coatings electrolytically in metal surface finishing operations
  • Produce anodised films on aluminium in metal surface finishing operations
  • Operate and control waste treatment process in metal surface finishing operations
  • Prepare and maintain processing solutions in metal surface finishing operations
  • Finish metal structural work using wet coating applications
  • Pre-treat metal structural work for subsequent surface finishing
  • Carry out hydrogen de-embrittlement of plated ferrous metal parts
  • Polish ferrous and non-ferrous metal parts to produce a decorative finish
  • Weld steel structures in all positions using the gas metal arc or flux cored arc welding processes
  • Weld steel structures in all positions using the manual metal arc welding process
  • Weld aluminium in all positions using the gas metal arc welding process
  • Weld stainless steel sheet and plate in all positions using the gas metal arc or flux cored arc welding process
  • Weld stainless steel tube using the gas tungsten arc welding process
  • Weld aluminium in all positions using the gas tungsten arc welding process
  • Weld steel pipe using the oxyacetylene welding process
  • Cut metals using mechanised thermal cutting equipment
  • Repair non-ferrous metal components using welding processes
  • Repair ferrous metal components using welding processes
  • Weld steel or stainless steel pressure pipe in all positions using the gas tungsten arc welding process
  • Weld aluminium pipe in all positions using the gas tungsten arc welding process

 Student & Staff Profiles

 Domestic Entry Requirements

Students need to be in full time employment to be assessed against practical unit standards.  It is recommended that students have met the literacy and numeracy requirements for NCEA Level 1 or equivalent. 

 

For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

Not applicable.
 

 Advice & Guidance

UCOL's National Certificate in Engineering - Fabrication comprises 274 credits.

The availability of a particular Elective (or Optional Paper) is subject to an appropriate number of students enrolling in that Elective (or Optional Paper).

Students need to be aware of the physical requirements for operating in a commercial engineering environment. Students will be advised to put any special needs or requirements in writing and advise the Programme Leader before the programme begins.

Recognition of Prior Learning
Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, including Cross Credit, Credit Transfer and Assessment of Prior Learning may be made on the Recognition of Prior Learning Form where a student believes all learning outcomes for a course or unit standards have already been met.

Students who can provide evidence of a current first aid qualification will be given a credit transfer for the relevant unit standard(s). If the qualification is no longer current the student must requalify. Students with an expiring qualification must revalidate. 

Application checklist
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you apply:

  • National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
  • Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
  • Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
  • Check if you're eligible for additional support or a scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of our free Youth Transition programmes.

Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email.

 Accreditation

The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Trading as Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to teach it.

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